Oakland Mayor facing possible obstruction charge for warning illegals of impending ICE operation
"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ … to intentionally warn criminals that law enforcement is coming." – ICE Director Thomas Homan
The Department of Justice is reviewing whether Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf obstructed justice by warning illegals of an impending enforcement operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
Schaaf sent a tweet out last Saturday alerting local residents that she had information from "multiple credible sources" that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were about to conduct an operation in the Bay Area within the next 24 hours.
Since Monday, ICE has arrested more than 150 illegals in the Northern California area.
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan spoke with the morning hosts of Fox & Friends about the incident.
"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to the entire community. It’s beyond the pale. I’ve been doing this for thirty-four years, and this is a whole new low, to intentionally warn criminals that law enforcement is coming."
Asked whether what she did was obstruction of justice, Homan said that the "Department of Justice is reviewing the incident and we’ll see what they come back with", adding "I think what she did is intentionally put law enforcement officers at risk. Being a law enforcement officer is already dangerous enough, but to give the criminals a heads up that we’re coming in the next 24 hours increases that risk."
Homan called out Mayor Schaaf for stating that her priority is the safety of her community. He said that her actions have had the opposite effect, relating that since her warning, there are over 800 criminal illegals in the Bay area that ICE is "unable to locate because of that warning, so that community is a lot less safe than it would have been."
Watch Director Homan’s full interview:
Since learning that the DOJ is reviewing the matter, Mayor Schaaf is doubling down on her actions, releasing a statement Tuesday night saying that she has "no regrets".
I do not regret sharing this information. It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together. pic.twitter.com/ng13yq431L